• Randa Kattan and Nada Nasser

    Randa Kattan and Nada Nasser

  • Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr Tim Soutphommasane and the Ambassador of Guatemala Connie Taracena

    Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr Tim Soutphommasane and the Ambassador of Guatemala Connie Taracena

  • Peter Downs and Edward McCowan

    Peter Downs and Edward McCowan

  • Padma Raman and Rivkah Nissim

    Padma Raman and Rivkah Nissim

  • Liz Drakopoulos, Tony Davidson and Marlene Krasouitsky

    Liz Drakopoulos, Tony Davidson and Marlene Krasouitsky

  • Lavanya Kala, Erin Gillen and Sophia Woo

    Lavanya Kala, Erin Gillen and Sophia Woo

  • Lara Hayes and Kathryn Duff

    Lara Hayes and Kathryn Duff

  • Ken Tandall and Susan Ryan

    Ken Tandall and Susan Ryan

  • Jen Davis, Anna Nelson and Kristan Barron

    Jen Davis, Anna Nelson and Kristan Barron

  • Stacey Eden and Jason Cias

    Stacey Eden and Jason Cias

  • Ainslie Van Onselen and Dr Tim Soutphommasane

    Ainslie Van Onselen and Dr Tim Soutphommasane

  • Marty Mei, Helen Watchirs, Hong Lim MP, Mike Yang, Sam Wong and David Wei

    Marty Mei, Helen Watchirs, Hong Lim MP, Mike Yang, Sam Wong and David Wei

  • Ken Randall, Ainslie Van Onselen and Laurie Wilson

    Ken Randall, Ainslie Van Onselen and Laurie Wilson

  • Alicia Doherty and Dr Tim Soutphommasane

    Alicia Doherty and Dr Tim Soutphommasane

  • Gulnara Abbasova and Frances Byers

    Gulnara Abbasova and Frances Byers

  • Dominic Nguyen and Anna Milligan

    Dominic Nguyen and Anna Milligan

  • Christine Ratnasingham and Darryl Barrett

    Christine Ratnasingham and Darryl Barrett

  • Angela Dorizas and Helen Watchirs

    Angela Dorizas and Helen Watchirs

  • Maurice Reilly and Dr Tim Sourphommasane scope the room.

    Maurice Reilly and Dr Tim Sourphommasane scope the room.

Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr Tim Soutphommasane @ National Press Club

7 July 2015

In our city of a vibrant and diverse multiculturalism it is always good to be reminded of the insidious aspects of race discrimination and to be alert and aware of what can happen, and know how you’d act.

In his address to the National Press Club Dr Tim Soutphommasane, the Race Discrimination Commissioner , started with two stories of people who stood up for others being abused and vilified. Stacey Eden was on a Sydney train when a fellow passenger started abusing a Muslim husband and wife. She confronted the abuser and uploaded the footage to social media. Similarly, on a Melbourne train Jason Cias stepped in when a group of tradesmen began vilifying three women wearing Islamic headscarves. He was assaulted and punched in the face. His only regret is that he didn’t act soon

This was a considered address from a man of intelligent assessment who now sees the signs that we have a generational change happening on matters of race. That made clear with the last articulate and sensible question (a little long for the senior NPC scribes) from Radford College student Dominic Nguyen that brought applause and the beginnings of a new friendship between a youthful ambassador and the perfect mentor.